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Stallion (2009), one from a series of animals, is a sculpture cast in marble dust and resin that depicts a horse, partially flayed. Upturned and struggling, this animal yet retains its anatomical grandeur. Wright’s visual vocabulary is inspired by suburban life, literature, theatre and art history. Her work can develop from observing her own children or older people, exploring issues often ignored by contemporary artists, such as care, parenthood and ageing. Her most recent body of work is made in unfired clay, a material that attracts her because of its combination of anonymity and an intimacy of touch. By rendering a series of domestic objects in this material, including a fridge door and a buggy, Wright creates a dichotomy of familiarity and fragility, stripping them back to their essential forms. The warmth and subtle fragility of the objects bear witness to the important roles of repetition, ritual and care in daily life. 

MediumMarble dust and resin
Dimensions Object size, 160 x 140 x 380 cm
EditionEdition 2/2
Item NumberACQ.2023.DW.001
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Daphne Wright, Stallion, Marble dust and resin, Object size, 160 x 140 x 380 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Daphne Wright b.1963

Daphne Wright (born 1963) studied at the National College of Art and Design and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. Working in sculpture, film, print and installation, Wright considers ideas of language and communication, faith, ageing and death within her diverse artistic practice. Wright has exhibited in Ireland and Europe since the 1990s. Her work is represented in major public collections including the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the Arts Council of England.
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